Activities - Park activities
The National Parks are managed by a small team of seven
well-trained staff. Typical park activities are diverse
and planned staff activities can change suddenly in
response to an emergency situation or weather change.
Activities are also extremely variable, constantly providing
challenges for staff, ranging from infrastructure maintenance,
boat or hiker rescue through to law enforcement.
St Eustatius National Marine Park
Staff and intern activities within the National Marine Park encompass
the core management programmes of mooring installation
and maintenance, patrols and enforcement, research and
monitoring as well as education, as briefly described
- Installation, security checks and maintenance (including
cleaning) of 12 moorings for yachts, 3 moorings for
snorkellers and 28 moorings for divers, as well as
three Southern Reserve marker buoys.
- Patrols of the entire park and enforcement of regulations
regarding anchoring, fishing, diving, wastewater,
pollutants, etc. Rangers are responsible for ensuring environmental laws are upheld.
- Education and awareness raising about the importance
of marine conservation through Snorkel Clubs, Junior
Ranger Clubs, Mini-guides for divers and yachters,
Signboard for yachts.
- Monitoring programmes to assess recreational use
by divers and yachters, long term change in fishery,
coral and invertebrate populations at two sites.
- Research projects to solve or highlight environmental
issues, inform legislation and policy, and provide
a tool for management, such as fishery population
studies, tanker anchoring impact, conch population
assessment, and more.
- Monitoring of all activities, in particular ensuring
all dives by non-residents are supervised, and supervising
visiting live-aboard vessels.
- Management of turtle conservation programme to
protect three species of nesting and resident sea
- Enhancement of diving and fishing activities through
creation of three artificial reefs since 1997, including
one 100 metre shipwreck ‘the Charles Brown’.
- Advisory role to government for coastal development,
tourism and pollution, such as a beach stabilisation
project using ‘Reefballs’.
- Organisation of talks and tours for tourists and
visiting groups, including turtle conservation tours
to Zeelandia Beach and Reef Protection talks.
Quill / Boven National Park
For most of the work in the National Park, a National
Park ranger is assisted by interns and trail crews of
international volunteers. Core management activities
include maintenance of a network of ten hiking trails
in the Quill sub-sector, patrols and enforcement, public
awareness and promotion, as well as research and monitoring,
- Development and maintenance of a network of eighteen
hiking trails, in particularly the heavily used Quill
trail, leading from upper town to the volcano rim,
and Crater trail, from the rim into the crater and
culminating in a circular trail.
- Display of information boards and signposts at
the entrance of the park and along trails, so that
independent hikers are fully informed and cannot become
- Research and monitoring includes reptile, bird
and plant surveys; both in-house surveys as well as
visiting scientists that come to assist the National
Parks with surveys of fauna and flora.
- Routine patrolling and enforcement of park laws
and regulations; Rangers are qualified as special
agents of police to enforce all park laws.
- Organisation of guided hikes for school, church
and youth groups, as well as tourists and visiting
Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden
Most of the work in the Botanical Garden is led by
the Ranger, who is assisted by interns and groups of
international volunteers. This area of land is leased
by the Island Government to STENAPA and, as such, is
not subject to any regulations. The Garden is fenced
to prevent entry by roaming livestock and activities
include the following:
- Maintenance of Phase 1 Gardens (Sensory Garden,
Lookout Garden, Palm Garden and pond).
- Display of information boards about the garden
areas and specific plants, in addition to labelling
of key plant species.
- Development of Phase 2 Gardens (Fruit Garden and
- Ongoing trail maintenance of the Jean Gemmill Bird
Observation Trail that winds through the rear wooded
area and links to the Quill National Park trail system.
- Organisation of guided tours for school, church
and youth groups, as well as tourists.
dive site buoy
National Marine park
ranger on patrol
|Local art class uses Botanical
Garden as inspiration
Trail maintenance crew
Hiking signs in the Quill National Park